A furry-faced, stereotypically absent-minded, pipe smoking professor.
Yes, that is what I thought. Thank you for confirming.
We can see in today’s panels that it was (of course) Rufus’ doings that lead to the damage to Gertie’s automobile. I always knew that sagely gentleman Joel would keep working hard to make amends and do the right thing. He always does.
I would be happy with anything universally chosen… just to avoid using “they” as singular.
I do not know if Jack or Luann were deceptive to Bernice….. I can see scenarios that could have occurred where neither was deceptive, or one or both may have been. I do not think that has been established. I generally feel, though, that all of the issues were more likely than not…. just simple miscommunication.
Yes… that is exactly what today’s conversation reminded me of. :)
I wanted to also thank you for the YouTube link you gave to me! It was quite good, and I am planning to watch other videos now from that fellow as well. I appreciate the help and the link.
I ended up, in my repair (done before knowing of the video)…. positioning the difficult to access pad against the key cup with a butter knife, and then used the hot end of my wood-burning tool on the exterior of the key cup to remelt and set the existing glue which again let the pad adhere in position. It worked…. at least temporarily. :)
Today’s panels reveal several key things for me:
1. The unfortunate effects of the overuse of pronouns!
The humorous confusions that arise between Luann and Bernice are all a result of the overuse of pronouns. As I repeatedly explain to my students, we live in a society that uses too many pronouns in both speaking and writing. However, the overuse in writing is the more problematic of the two communication styles. In speaking, inflection and tone can often (not always, like we see today) provide the necessary cues so the intended use of the pronoun can still be discerned. But, in writing, the excessive use of pronouns can often destroy the intended meanings of statements.
2. Bernice’s very strong mindset.
With the pronoun usage today, we get to see how very badly Bernice wants those pronouns to be reflecting Jack…. not Nil. Even as Luann attempts to clarify, Bernice’s “go-to” thought is all about Jack. This feels very sad to me, for Bernice. While I suspect and hope she will find her time with Nil enjoyable, it is painful to see how disappointed Bernice actually is. In many ways, Bernice’s response is reflective of the mindset many/most of us have in regards to something we really want….. but are not (at least currently) getting.
3. Luann’s genuine happiness for Bernice.
While various commenters are berating Luann about “prior knowledge” of this or that aspect of Jack and/or Nil…. and other commenters are berating Bernice about damn near everything…. what I see here today is Luann being genuinely happy for Bernice about having a new dating opportunity. Luann, I believe…. recognizes that Bernice has a crush on Jack…. and that is fine and good but is apparently not going to be realized at this time…. but Luann also sees that Nil is a good guy too… and that he could also be a good potential romantic interest for Bernice.
Compliance with the rules without complaint is a pretty damn big surprise for Aunt Fritzi to receive from Nancy!!!
I must say, I am very appreciative of that bathtub design…. with the faucets embedded in the tiled wall instead of innate within the tub design. Retro of course these days…. but…. very attractive.
Anges’ “cross-legged” sitting position looks damn uncomfortable!
I am not quite sure I am getting this today, but I think I may be:
It appears that OJ is suggesting that Agnes’ book, pillow, bed and lavender walls are the important things that OJ is not coming back to in this set of panels…. correct?
Hmm….. unless I am missing something…. that has to be it. But, to my manner of thinking, I believe OJ would have made this joke more actualized if she had put something really odd, unexpected, or out-of-character in the first two panels…. I don’t know… perhaps something like a snake slithering around, or a donkey sitting in a chair next to Agnes, or potato reading Shakespeare or something of that nature.
But, maybe I am just not getting it?
Well, I am glad to see that the car is Gertie’s. I suspect she will recognize the sincerity and gentlemanly nature of Joel… and will be forgiving of this incident… especially if Rufus doesn’t stick his foot in his mouth like he usually does.
I know Joel will do his damnedest to make this situation right for Gertie.